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'I almost couldn’t look at it to see my son running defencelessly, being shot': The week in quotes

“It just tore my heart to pieces.”

IT WAS A week when a new video of a police shooting shocked the world, the Boston bomber was convicted, and Ireland got another millionaire.

All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes:

Police Officer Fatal Shooting Source: Associated Press

I almost couldn’t look at it to see my son running defencelessly, being shot. It just tore my heart to pieces.

Walter Scott’s mother on the video showing her son being shot.

shutterstock_259614593 Source: classrooom via Shutterstock

I’ve been spat at on the face regularly, punched in the stomach, one child came at me with a fire extinguisher down a corridor running, just by luck I got through the door on time.

The experience of one Dublin teacher.

Soldiers of France, stay away from the Islamic State! You have the chance to save your families, take advantage of it.

A chilling message posted on TV5Monde’s Facebook page after it was hacked.

Boston Marathon Bombing Source: Associated Press

He chose a day when there would be civilians on the side-walks. He and his brother targeted those civilians, men, woman and children, because he wanted to make a point. He wanted to terrorise this country. He wanted to punish America for what it was doing to his people.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty on Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

National Lottery Tickets Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

I was watching Match of the Day that evening and thought, I better check that ticket, so I looked up the results on Teletext. I looked up at the numbers and down at the ticket, over and over and over again.

The winner of Easter’s lotto jackpot spoke of the moment they realised they had picked the winning numbers.


Every day I remember how bad things were. I could never go back to it. I lived hell, and so did my friends and family.

Pippa Newcomb on her battle with anorexia.

Banking Conferences Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

With greater prudence by management and boards of the lending banks, this bubble could not have happened.

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan spoke of the ‘unwise’ decisions by bankers.

Obama Source: AP/Press Association Images

Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let’s say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he’s held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it’s time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his friends and his teachers and his community. But it also depends on us – on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.

US President Barack Obama said said young people must be given the right to choose and live safely regardless of sexual orientation.

Promissory Notes Challenges Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

It’s actually quite an achievement to make such a mess of things.

David Hall of Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation on the government’s 4-pronged approach to dealing with mortgage arrears and insolvency

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